Wednesday, January 4

The Story of Musicals Episode 2

This excellent three part series started on BBC Four last night.  The next episode is at 21:00 on Tuesday 10th January considers the gestation and influence of such blockbusters as Blood Brothers, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats: Andrew Lloyd Webber's monstrously profitable adaptation of TS Eliot's feline poetry which was predicted to be commercial suicide.

With contributions from Lord Lloyd Webber, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Tim Rice, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Stephen Fry, Trevor Nunn, Sir Cliff Richard, Elaine Paige, Gillian Lyne, Paul Nicholas, Bonnie Langford, Richard Stilgoe, John Caird, John Napier, Bill Kenwright, Willy Russell, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Anthony Pye-Jeary, Arlene Phillips, Charles Hart, Don Black, Harold Prince and Michael Ball.

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